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'22/23 I Kuwait Conference 1923' [‎60r] (119/501)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (250 folios). It was created in 5 Oct 1923-16 Jan 1924. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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ele^rarri P.
From Colonial Office,
o he High Commiealoner, Baghdad, Ho.469.
epeated to Pushire and ijriox.
ated ist received 2nd Hoyember 1923.
he proposal to hold a conference at Ku ait
in order to se tie outstanding questions between Hejd
and neighbouring territories is ap, royed by H.KGoyt.
The main objects of ihe conference will be:-
(a) he delimitation of the Kejd- rans-Jordan frontigr.
(b) The solution of differences between Eejd and
Iraq, arising out of the presence wi hin Iraq
borders of Hejdi t ibes (Shammar etc.).
(c) Consideration of the desirability of amending
the 1 ohammeraji Convention.
In addition to the above, he Colonial Office
are suggesting to the Foreign Office hat Kedjaz should
participate in the conference with a view to the se tle-
-ment of the Bejd-Kedjaz fron'ier and other outstanding
questions. /
ubject to the concurrence of the Government of
India, which is being sought, the conference will be
under the presidency of Colonel Knox, who will keep
T .*f .Government and the High Commissioners fully informed
of ail developemen s.
he Sheikh of ^oharamerah hes expr seed his
willingness to act as host to the delegates at his palace
at Pas Ajuza, and the concurrence of the J ersian Govt,
in this proposal is being sought.
You will have observed from Bushire telegram
Fo.924 of ctober 21s > hat Pin aud does no <. propose to
at end the conference himself, here will therefore be no
question of he personal at endance of Feisal or Abdullah.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes relating to the 1923 Kuwait Conference to arbitrate the Najd-Transjordan and Najd-Hijaz boundaries.

The discussion in the volume relates to the following:

  • a proposal to hold Conference at Kuwait to settle the Najd-Transjordania and Najd-Hijaz boundaries. Correspondence discusses costs and practical arrangements and arrival of delegations from Iraq, Transjordania and Nejd and uncertainty over arrival of delegates from Hidjaz;
  • preliminary negotiations and letter of credentials from Abdullah bin al-Hussain, Ruler of Transjordania, for Ali Khulqi Bey; letter of credentials from Faisal, Ruler of Iraq for Sabih Bey Nasrat; letter of credentials from Ibn Saud for Saiyid Hamzah; discussion of the implications of the Mohammerah Iraq-Najd Convention;
  • conference negotiations - correspondence discusses points put forward by the various delegations, including blood-money, raiding and losses, raids by the Ikhwan, and the collection of zakah;
  • summaries of the sessions of the conference and arbitration;
  • a draft agreement (ff 227-228) on raiding;
  • a list of raids (ff 247-248);
  • an index to topics discussed in the conference (folio 249).

The principal correspondents in the volume include: the Secretary of State for Colonies, London; the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Stuart George Knox; the High Commissioner, Baghdad; the High Commissioner, Jerusalem; the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait; Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain.

Extent and format
1 volume (250 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 250; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A fold-out is present on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 235 and has been labelled with an ‘a’. Two additional foliation sequences are present in parallel between ff 3-248, and ff 122-237; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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